Evaluating the Efficiency of Wicking Bed Irrigation Systems for Small-Scale Urban Agriculture

@article{Semananda2016EvaluatingTE,
  title={Evaluating the Efficiency of Wicking Bed Irrigation Systems for Small-Scale Urban Agriculture},
  author={Niranjani P. K. Semananda and James D. Ward and Baden Myers},
  journal={Horticulturae},
  year={2016},
  volume={2},
  pages={13}
}
A wicking bed (WB) is a plant driven system where plants receive water through capillary rise from a self-contained coarse material-filled subsoil reservoir. WBs have been widely promoted as a water-efficient irrigation solution for small-scale and urban food gardens. However, little published research exists to support popular claims about their effectiveness. In this study, the performance of WBs was compared with best-practice, precision surface irrigation in terms of water use efficiency… 

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